4 out of 4 stars
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The Biblical Clock: The Untold Secrets Linking the Universe and Humanity with God’s plan by Daniel Friedmann and Dania Sheldon is a non-fiction book trying to connect the scientific theories, facts and pieces of evidence to the biblical stories.
It comprises of twelve chapters, divided into three parts. The first part, Beginnings, and Timelines, tries to relate the scientific claim that the universe is about 12.8 billion years to the biblical claims that the universe is less than 6,000 years old. The author does this by referring to the writings of Isaac Ben Samuel and Kaplan. Part two, Endings, is just a continuation of part one. Only that this time, the emphasis is laid on the age of other components of the universe such as the sun, plants, and Humanity. This is done by relating what the Bible says to what scientific research says. While the first two parts focused mainly on the writings of Isaac Ben Samuel and those of Kaplan, part three, Beyond The Timelines, makes most of its references to the works of Moses Ben Noah.
Most atheists and non-religious people mainly used scientific research and shreds of evidence to trash religion and its believers. Instead of discrediting religious views or scientific views, the author of this book comes clear and shows that these theories complement each other. Reading this book, I felt years of hard work and thorough research spent by the author in composing it, with multiple references to historical events, going back to the events that transpired in the 11th century.
I liked the intensity of research carried out by the author, as reflected by the contents of this book. With multiple references to the scripture and historical data, the author blends these seemingly opposite theories to form one theory with different sources that complement each other. I also liked that this book didn't discredit any religious views or scientific findings. This means that no one will feel offended by this book. Since I didn’t find any grammatical errors, this book was adequately edited.
Let me clarify that this book was well written and the points and opinions well presented. My dislikes are only because of my personal taste. This book was written from a religious point of view. This means that the author focussed on interpreting religious contents and bending them to fit what scientific research states. The author assumed that most of the readers understood the different prevailing scientific findings but are not conversant with the religious texts, hence he spent most of the time explaining the religious scriptures without putting equal energy in explaining the scientific ones. The way the author explains events that happened in the 11th century, step by step, makes me doubt their authenticity.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This is because my dislikes were only because of my personal preferences and may not affect other readers. I recommend this book to people interested in knowing how science relates to religion. This is not a light read though. It took me more time than I expected. Anyone looking for something short, like a weekend read, may get disappointed.
The Biblical Clock
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